How Sandy could break records
Sandy's strength and storm surge flooding could break records.
October 29th, 2012
01:33 PM ET

How Sandy could break records

CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen has gathered the data, crunched the figures and come up with this staggering list of factoids about the massive storm that is Hurricane Sandy:

Strongest ever: Based on pressure, Sandy is likely to be the strongest storm ever to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, for as long as records have been kept. The benchmark storm, the 1938 Long Island Express Hurricane, contained a low pressure reading of 946 millibars. Sandy currently has a minimum pressure of 943 millibars. Generally speaking, the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.  Stormsurf.com explains.

Bigger than most countries: Sandy’s field of tropical storm-force or greater winds extend nearly 1,000 miles. If it were a country, it would be the 20th largest in the world, and roughly twice the size of Texas.

100-year flooding: Parts of Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania could see a once-in-a-century amount of flooding from rainfall.

Record storm surge: Parts of New York City, including Battery Park City, are forecasting a storm surge of 10 feet to 12 feet, which could break the record of 10.5 feet, set in 1960 by Hurricane Donna.  It could lead to catastrophic flooding.

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    And us lucky individuals may get up to 2 ft of snow! Cant tell you how much that im looking forward to THAT!

    October 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • 1608

      I'm fine thank you but i wish i had the snow. this is one year that I really don't like saying I'm in Ma.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    this thing is soooo big it's sucking the clouds away from the rest of the country...

    October 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy©

    Lake Michigan has flood warnings and we have a strong wind advisery also...pretty darn windy all around...
    Nasty storm, going to get nastier before it gets better.
    Be safe, everyone.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      JIF:
      Wíth 25 footwaves, I'm going nowhere near Lake Michigan tonight...
      I'm glad it's calming dowm for you.
      Lovely to have talked to you again, dearheart.
      Good night.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JROBINHOOD

    Look ya see that this is all coming to the point where it's gonna happen. And to make this clear... Im no better than y'all I'm a sinner just like you. But really I'm here to say that Jesus is returning very soon!! We got governors and officials saying that the last time this happened was "never". So that in it's self is real talk. GodBless y'all. Be smooth and stay up. One Love.

    October 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. beebeesworld

    great reporting!

    October 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Kharma, inc.

    We here at Kharma incorpotated would like to extend our best of wished to Superstorm Sandy and her friends. Thanks to individuals such as these, those who live by their pollution die by their pollution.
    Thanks again, Sandy! 11Down, 319 million to go.
    -check that-...17 in the water, 3 more dead. 14 down, 319 million to go.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Kharma, inc.

    May the polluted waters of the Great Lakes rain down upon the greedy polluters of the world.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      May all he wishes onto others come back to him threefold, he who has the the blackest of souls.
      He who dwells in ugliness must die in ugliness; he who sees no beauty in life deserves no beauty in death.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kharma, inc.

    Those are NOT God's children, they are your children. Your children, and your pollution. Now, drown in your own luxuriant dungwater.
    Kharma Chameleon Sandy Edition toys on sale Now! at Wal-Mart. 9.99 plus tax

    October 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Kharma Chameleon

    "And in the days of those peoples who have filled their own waters with their own sh/t, their own luxuriant dungwater shall come crashing down upon them." -Book of Kharma, 3:12

    October 30, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Book of Kharma

    "Only the greedy and the small minded ones will consfuse a natural warming of earth's climate with the violent weather extremes caused by their own pollution."

    October 30, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. ronvan

    This "Kharma" your spouting sounds like a bunch of bull! IF you cannot post something resembling intelligence go play with yourself or your friends! Such garbage.

    October 30, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. san_diegan

    As usual San Diego News channels are boasting the wonderful climate they have. People, relocate to San Diego.

    October 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. pb yedla

    thanks to the people of US who braved the mighty superstorm sandy and managed to protect the lives of people. thanks also to the US Administration for doing everything posssible in time and caring for people.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
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